Brisbane's iconic fun run the Bridge to Brisbane is back, and so is the opportunity to raise vital funds for research into cancer and other serious diseases through the PA Research Foundation.
Early bird entries are now open for the run, on Sunday 29 August, with the longer 10km option returning to its original route over Brisbane's Gateway Bridge for the first time in six years.
10km participants will take off on the Gateway Bridge before pounding the pavement of Kingsford Smith Drive and finishing at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The short course this year will be 4.5km and will start from Hercules Park in Hamilton and also finish at the showgrounds.
Among the runners who will be lining up to run the event this year will be a dedicated team of participants who are having a huge impact on cancer research, particularly as it relates to brain tumours and studies into other cancers that can metastasize into the brain.
The runners and walkers, who raise funds on behalf of PA Hospital based neurosurgeon Associate Professor Sarah Olson through the PA Research Foundation's VIP Brain Tumour Research Team, have raised over $70,000 through the event over the last few years it has been run, with the 2020 event cancelled due to Covid-19.
The aim of the team many of them past patients of A/Prof Olson, is to raise funds for researchers to explore new science and hopefully convert their initial studies into greater funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Brain Tumour VIP team have already provided seed funding to Professor Ricardo Dolcetti and his team who were then awarded a $1 million grant from the council to further their research into metastatic breast cancer to the brain.
Funds raised by the participants, including $40,000 raised in 2019, have also contributed to research into metastatic melanoma to the brain, nanomedicine research into Glioma and a project looking at circulating tumour cells in Glioblastoma.
"The Bridge to Brisbane offers our supporters and the members of our PA Community the chance to not only enjoy a fun event, but raise funds to help support medical research happening right here in Brisbane at the PA Hospital campus," PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said.
"Every year the event is run we have a dedicated and passionate team of participants who raise money for research at the PA and I know many of them have already registered and are looking forward to the event.
"Hopefully they will be joined by more people keen to take on either of the distances and help us empower researchers and clinicians to save lives."
Donate or sign up to raise funds for PA Research Foundation through the Bridge to Brisbane here.
To join the VIP Brain Tumour Research Team contact us today!